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The Best EQ Pedals to Dial Your Tone Into the Sonic Sweet Spot

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Best of the Best
Empress Effects
ParaEQ
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The transparent, musical option for the professional player. With three bands, an input pad, & a next-level loud output boost, you can't go wrong.
Pros
Unlike nearly every other parametric EQ pedal, the ParaEQ offers Q curve width adjustments so you can choose how precisely you boost or cut.
Cons
One thing I'd like to see added to a future model is a low roll-off for guitar players so we can just drop the sub-bass altogether.
Best Bang for the Buck
MXR
M108S Ten Band
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With more bands & features than most others, this option lets you do surgical work to your tone while still providing very musical adjustments.
Pros
You can adjust your volume on the way in and out, & even split your signal in two for separate effect treatments to recombine down the path.
Cons
I'd like the 16 kHz band to be a high shelf so we can push an even amount of sparkle all the way up to 24 kHz. Otherwise, no complaints.
Best Budget Pick
Danelectro
Fish & Chips
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The small, space & money saving Fish & Chips competes with the big boys with 7 bands of smooth Q curves & very low noise operation.
Pros
The volume has such low noise that many players opt to let this pedal double as a boost. The extra band gives more control than 6 bands.
Cons
By using a hard plastic chassis, Danelectro passes the savings on to you, though you may prefer a metal case. Most won't care.

The best EQ pedal solves the main problem that have plagued guitarists since day one. You can be the best guitar player since Pat Metheny or Steve Vai, but none of that matters if the crowd can't hear you. Cut through the mix with a high quality equalizer. It can be the difference between a record deal and being stuck at open mic night for the rest of your career...

TL;DR - Best Bang for the Buck: MXR Ten Band EQ - Best Overall: Empress Effects ParaEQ